It wasn’t long ago Michael Taylor was considered one of baseball’s top prospects. Drafted by the Phillies in the fifth round of the 2007 draft, Taylor breezed through the minor leagues, spending roughly a half-season at every level, and had reached Triple-A by the end of the 2009 season. However, the then-23-year-old was traded in mid-December to the Blue Jays (along with Travis d’Arnaud and Kyle Drabek) in exchange for Roy Halladay. Later that day he was flipped to the A’s for Brett Wallace.
Even though Taylor, now 28, has put up solid numbers at Triple-A Sacramento over the last four seasons—albeit as an older hitter in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League—his game simply has never translated in the major leagues, evidenced by a .135 batting average in 81 plate appearances over parts of the last three seasons.
Taylor has shown untapped potential this spring, posting a 1.044 OPS with five doubles and three home runs in 21 games, but the fact that he’s out of contract options means he’ll have to make the Opening Day roster to avoid being placed on waivers.
However, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Taylor still doesn’t appear to be a fit on the A’s roster despite his eye-opening performance this spring, and is already drawing interest from several teams. He definitely will not clear waivers, so expect the A’s to move him before Opening Day.